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How are points earned?

1. Official Performance (30 points)

  1. Legislators: Bipartisan bill sponsorship and co-sponsorship
  2. Executives: Bipartisan job approval
  3. Candidates without congressional or gubernatorial service: Predictive estimate by statistical modeling

2. Personal Actions (30 points)

  1. Public conversation across political differences
  2. Joining an official from the opposing party for a visit of their district
  3. Membership in a common ground focused caucus (Only U.S. House)

3. Communication (20 points +/-)

  1. Promoting common ground (+)
  2. Insulting political opponents (-)

4. Commitments (20 points)

  1. I will identify and set aside personal biases.
  2. I will commit to seek agreement, progress, and solutions.
  3. I will listen first to learn perspectives and experiences.
  4. I will not assume, but seek to understand motives and intentions.
  5. I will seek outcomes all can live with but not compromise principles.
  6. I will accept that good people may disagree.
  7. I will use and accept facts.
  8. I will stay respectful.
  9. I will resist demonizing.
  10. I will de-escalate hostile situations.

5. BONUS: Outstanding Common Grounder (+10 points)

  1. Awarded for common ground behavior or boldly champions common ground.
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The Maverick Matrix™ illustrates the degree to which an official seeks common ground relative to the partisan intensity of their constituents, meaning how strongly the area they represent favors one party over the other. The matrix is divided into four labeled quadrants:

  • Balancers: Balancing constituents more closely divided between the parties, this official is more of a Common Grounder.
  • Team Players: Consistent with a constituency strongly leaning toward one party, this official is less of a Common Grounder.
  • True Believers: Despite a constituency more closely divided between the parties, this official is less of a Common Grounder.
  • Mavericks: Despite a constituency strongly leaning toward one party, this official is more of a Common Grounder. Such officials are most commendable in our view.
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Chris Coons (DE - D)

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Chris Coons (DE - D)

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Common Ground Score 47Well Above Average

Commentary

Up for reelection in 2020. Won Legislative Action Award from Bipartisan Policy Center. Co-authored a bipartisan op-ed with Republican Senator Orrin Hatch. Top 25% for Official Performance. Launched bipartisan Senate Climate Solutions Caucus. "Sen. Chris Coons’ search for common ground has frustrated the left — but made him an increasingly influential deal-maker on Capitol Hill." "I'm grateful for the chance to work with my colleagues in the Senate -- Republicans and Democrats -- to try to find common ground." "I'm proud that Congress could find common ground and come together to pass practical solutions to address this crisis." "The Senate's vote is... an example of what Congress can accomplish when we put party politics aside and find common ground." "I look forward to working with his Administration and my colleagues in Congress to find common ground and move our nation forward." "To me, it is really about determination. We have shown it is possible to get things done if we relentlessly seek common ground, if we engage outside groups, if we strengthen the quality of the ideas, and if we build bipartisan paths toward success." "We must continue to work more diligently and more creatively finding common ground." "It is our job as the representatives of the people, elected to come together to find common ground, to solve bigger problems together." "We have to start by figuring out what we do really agree on so we can find common ground and move forward." "Let's keep going and find additional areas of compromise and constructive common ground." "Scripture tells us that what we sow, we also reap, and it is clear that the soil of our scorched-earth partisanship cannot yield solutions to the truly grave challenges we face as a nation. So we ask ourselves where we can find common ground and foster unity... We can all look for opportunities to build bridges and seek out common humanity instead of rancor."

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